Where to enjoy great live bands in Phuket?
Live music bars have always been a big draw in Patong Beach. As far as I can remember, which is more than 25 years now, bands were playing old hits more or less accurately. For decades, ‘Hotel California’ could be heard several times a night anywhere in Patong. It was considered Patong Nightlife anthem. At the time, the only bands were next to Banana disco and at Margaritas, which was since renamed Red Hot. Apart from these two, any bar could have a small group of musicians or even just one singer to entertain the guests.
Patong grew faster than a mushroom and bars with dedicated bands seemed to attract more guests than bars without live bands, so guess what happened: more and more live bands popped up everywhere, and it worked! So what are the most popular music bars in Patong?
Based on our readers’ preference
1. New York Live Music Bar
New York Bar on Bangla road is packed every night. The bar is vast and somewhat dark with an excellent sound system blasting both inside and outside in Bangla road, advertising itself naturally. Bands are good and dynamic on stage, mostly playing heavy rock and Hip Hop. New York Bar knows that singing and playing an instrument is not enough to attract a crowd spoiled with such a choice of live bands on the same road. Air conditioning works so well, even though the place is opened at the front and that also is very inviting during the hottest months of the year.
Location: 68 Bangla Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150
Open: 6:30 pm – 1 am (probably stays open much later)
Phone: 089 217 7799
2. Stereo 27 (formerly Monsoon)
Stereo 27, which was better known as Monsoon Bar not long ago, is on the opposite side of Bangla road and has been extremely popular since its opening. The very talented bands play mainstream music and know how to entertain a crowd. Prices are cheap and you can even order some food.
Location: 27 Bangla Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150
Open: 5 pm – 4 am
Phone: 061 403 5071
Red Hot benefits from a strategic location at the intersection of Bangla road and Ratuthit road, almost opposite of the much-loved Jungceylon shopping mall. Red Hot was the most popular live band bar when it was called ‘Margaritas’. It is still busy, but the trend has changed in favour of the 2 bars listed above. The addition of pole dancing seems to indicate that the focus is shifting, so let’s see if it is for the better. Read more
Location: Rat Uthit 200 Years Road, 83150 Patong
Phone: 076 340 519
Open 11:30 am – 3 am
Hard Rock Cafe does need to be introduced: as you drive by, the giant guitar speaks for itself. The bands are really good and the music more on the rock side as you can expect it to be. Prices are higher than in other bars but that’s expected for an international franchise. You can also enjoy an excellent good Tex Mex menu to go with your entertainment, and of course, buy their legendary ‘Hard Rock Cafe Phuket’ T-Shirt!
Location: 48/1 Ruamchai Rd, Patong Beach, Phuket (in Swissotel Resort Patong)
Open: 9 am – 2 am
Phone: 076 366 381